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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-73-016
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD'S INVESTIGATION OF A RECENT FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING A BEECHCRAFT MODEL 18, N310WA, INDICATES THAT A FATIGUE FAILURE OCCURRED IN THE ELLIPTICAL LOWER CAP OF THE RIGHT WINGSPAR AT WING STATION 81. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED ON APRIL 19, 1973, WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED DURING AN APPROACH TO LAND AT THE DAVENPORT, IOWA, AIRPORT. ALL OF THE SIX PEOPLE ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: REVISE ITS EXISTING SYSTEM OF SURVEILLANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL OF ALL INSPECTIONS MADE UNDER AD 72-20-5 TO INSURE THE CONTINUED AIRWORTHINESS OF THESE AIRCRAFT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Davenport, IA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: MKC73AK064
Accident Reports: Air Iowa, Inc.; Flight 333‚Äč
Report #: AAR-73-18
Accident Date: 4/19/1973
Issue Date: 4/25/1973
Date Closed: 6/26/1973
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/25/1973
Response: "AN AIRMAIL AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE AMENDMENT TO AD 72-20-5 WAS ISSUED APRIL 23, 1973. PARAGRAPH D(2) REQUIRES THAT THE TWO MOST RECENT COPIES OF X-RAYS TAKEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH AD 72-20-5 OR PREDECESSOR AD'S BE TRANSMITTED TO THE FAA, ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING BRANCH, WICHITA, KANSAS, WHERE EVALUATION OF THE INSPECTION FACILITIES FINDINGS WILL BE MADE. ALL DOMESTIC REGIONS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED VIA TELEPHONE TO PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON BEECH 18 AIR TAXI OPERATOR MAINTENANCE, PARTICULARLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH AD 72-20-5 AND THE AIRMAIL AMENDMENT."